Undefeated Kansas State appears to have lost a linebacker and inspirational leader for an indefinite period, possibly for the season, with a knee injury.
Tre Walker left Saturday's win over Texas Tech with assistance and said this week on Twitter that he's walking with crutches.
Coach Bill Snyder wouldn't discuss Walker's status Tuesday during his weekly news conference, but Walker's teammates indicated that the right knee injury could be season-ending.
Wide receiver Curry Sexton said there was "no doubts that you'll see Tre back out there next August," according to The Mercury of Manhattan, Kan.
Walker, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior, has made 19 tackles this season, including three for losses, but has served as one of the leaders for a team that's 8-0 and ranked second in the BCS standings.
He has 118 career tackles and an interception.
"He's the kind of guy who really needs to be out on the field, for his sake," fullback Braden Wilson said. "With us out there, giving it everything we have, that's going to be mean a lot to him, even though he can't be out there. He'll be there in spirit with us. It's a sad deal, but as always, we just need to keep on moving."
---University of Cincinnati defensive end Walter Stewart's career could be over.
Coach Butch Jones announced that the senior won't return this season and may not play football again. X-rays taken after an Oct. 13 game against Fordham revealed a congenital first cervical spine abnormality.
Stewart missed the Bearcats' last two games while seeking additional medical opinions.
"I know football means the world to him," Jones said, according to Cincinnati.com. "My deal with him is I'm going to be there with him as long as he allows me to be there for him. I told him we'll be together for a long, long time and he can be on my coaching staff. He can start the process of being a coach if that's what he chooses to do."
Stewart had made himself into an NFL prospect, according to ProFootballTalk.com. His 17.5 career sacks rank eighth in school history.
"He's just kind of deciding what he wants to do with his life if playing football is not there," Jones said.
---Ohio State will play a home-and-home series with Boston College in 2020 and 2021.
Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith announced the non-conference games Wednesday.
Boston College will travel to Columbus on Sept. 19, 2020, and Ohio State will visit the Eagles on Sept. 18, 2021.
The Buckeyes have won the three previous meetings between the teams, including the last matchup in 1995.
Ohio State also announced that a previously scheduled home game against North Carolina was moved to Sept. 22, 2018, from Sept. 5, 2015.